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The Australian Research Council’s Industrial Transformation Training Centre scheme seeks to foster close partnerships between university-based researchers and other research end-users to provide innovative PhD and postdoctoral training for the end-user focused research industries vital to Australia's future.

In 2017 the Training Centre for Innovative Wine Production (TC IWP) secured $6 million in ARC and industry support over 5 years (2018-2022), to progress a series of projects that span the grape and wine production chain. The overarching aim is to provide new knowledge and methods that can be incorporated into grape and wine production strategies so that the industry can profitability and sustainably produce distinct wines sought by the market, despite the challenges of climate extremes, water restrictions, changing consumer preferences and international competition.

We aim for greater returns from existing vineyard and winery resources with lower costs and reduced environmental impact.

  • Postdoctoral Research - Positions

    Applications have closed for the previously advertised positions

  • Higher Degree by Research - PhD and MPhil Positions

    **Please note an initial round of HDR applications closed in late 2017 and some positions have been filled as shown below.  Applications will continue to be accepted for remaining projects until all are filled.**

    If you have a particular interest in any of the remaining projects listed below please get in touch with the listed contact to express your interest and discuss the project in more detail before applying.

    PhD/MPhil scholarships are available for research projects focusing on plant science and physiology, viticulture, genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, microbiology, oenology, organic/analytical chemistry, food science, fermentation and process technology, and wine sensory science.

    Up to 13 projects (1, 3-5, 7, 9-17) will be based in the School of Agriculture, Food & Wine at the University of Adelaide (Waite campus, SA) and up to 3 projects (2, 6 and 8) in the National Wine and Grape Industry Centre at Charles Sturt University (Wagga Wagga, NSW).

    Click on the project ID number below for project descriptions and contacts.

    • ICHDR1 POSITION AVAILABLE MID 2019 Inter-vine signalling via plant volatiles (PhD)
    • ICHDR2 Vascular transport into the berry – impact on fruit size and composition, yield and wine style (PhD)
    • ICHDR3 *POSITION FILLED* Breaking the sugar:flavour nexus – growing grapes with more flavour and less sugar (PhD)
    • ICHDR4 Genetic basis of salt exclusion in grapevine (PhD)
    • ICHDR5 ‘Epibreeding’ for stress tolerance in grapevine using exogenous siRNA directed DNA methylation (PhD)
    • ICHDR6 Rapid assessment of grapes prior to harvest to quantify fungal off-flavours and product composition (PhD)
    • ICHDR7 Alternatives to sulfur dioxide for controlling Brettanomyces spoilage in wine (PhD)
    • ICHDR8 The impact of light on oxidative and reductive aging of wine (PhD)
    • ICHDR9 *POSITION FILLED* Overcoming taint from vineyard exposure to bushfire smoke (PhD)
    • ICHDR10 *POSITION FILLED* Characterising the distinctive flavours of Australian Cabernet Sauvignon wines (MPhil)
    • ICHDR11 Managing berry heterogeneity (PhD)
    • ICHDR12 Defining and exploiting the indigenous microflora of grapes (PhD)
    • ICHDR13 Efficient red winemaking by monitoring extraction and evolution of colour and polyphenols (PhD)
    • ICHDR14 Efficient red winemaking by monitoring extraction and evolution of colour and polyphenols (MPhil)
    • ICHDR15 *POSITION FILLEDMembrane filtration technologies for efficient wine processing and recovery of valuable extracts (PhD)
    • ICHDR16 Membrane filtration technologies for efficient wine processing and recovery of valuable extracts (PhD)
    • ICHDR17 Unlocking the genetic potential of grapevine for sustainable production (PhD)

    The training environment

    The Centre will provide a unique training opportunity:
    • World class facilities and experts across the participating organisations
    • Unifying Centre research agenda with multi-disciplinary projects
    • Up to 12-month placement with industry and/or partner organisations
    • An annual Centre research symposium
    • Research skills and career development workshops
    • Competitive support for national and international conference travel
    • Generous project support
  • Higher Degree by Research - Eligibility and How to Apply


    Applicants must be acceptable as candidates for a PhD (or MPhil) degree at the University of Adelaide or Charles Sturt University. Students must meet a minimum English language proficiency and have a high level Honours or Masters qualification (or equivalent) in a relevant field: plant science/biology/physiology, viticulture, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, biotechnology, organic/analytical chemistry, microbiology, oenology, food science or chemistry-related discipline (e.g., grape and wine chemistry, flavour chemistry, sensory science, (bio)analytical chemistry), chemical engineering.

    International applicants are encouraged and those of sufficient merit will additionally be eligible for a tuition fee waiver scholarship.


    PhD and MPhil scholarships will be for a period of three and two years respectively and receive an indicative stipend of AUD$32,304 per annum.  Students appointed to projects at Charles Sturt University will be eligible for a top-up, making a combined stipend plus top-up value of $35,000 per annum.


    Further general information on postgraduate research degrees at The University of Adelaide can be obtained from the University of Adelaide Graduate Centre or the Charles Sturt University Research Office.

    Project specific queries should be directed to the relevant contact shown for each project.  Application queries should be directed to TC Manager Dr Joanna Sundstrom (


    Applications will continue to be accepted for remaining positions until filled

    Applications for Admission and Scholarship can be made online at the appropriate University’s graduate centre/research office as outlined below.  Applicants must state the project ID(s) they wish to be considered for.

    University of Adelaide projects

    Applications can be made online.

    Domestic applicants should apply for admission online.  To be considered for a Training Centre scholarship please email, marked attention to Ms Andrea Przygonski, indicating your application number and the Training Centre project ID(s) you wish to be considered for.

    International applicants should apply for admission and scholarship online. Select Scholarship Provided by an External Body in the Source of Financial Support section and enter the following:
    • Name of Award: ARC Industrial Transformation Research Program Innovative Wine Production Scholarship
    • Funding Body: ARC/University of Adelaide
    • Type of Sponsor: Other
    • Status of Sponsorship: Applied for
    • Submission Date: Date of your application
    • Deadline to Receive Offer Letter: 30/6/2018

    Within the Research Experience section of the online application, all applicants should clearly indicate as a first line heading within the Research Interests field the project ID(s) you wish to be considered for.

    Charles Sturt University projects

    Applicants must apply on-line for admission to a PhD program.  To be considered for a Training Centre scholarship at CSU, applicants should discuss how to apply with the relevant project contact listed.

General queries regarding the TC for IWP:

Prof Vladimir Jiranek
Training Centre Director
Phone: +61 8 8313 6651

ARC Training Centre for Innovative Wine Production

Waite Campus
PMB 1 Glen Osmond SA 5064


T: +61 8 8313 6651
F: +61 8 8313 7415
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